Whether or not they aced it in high school, human beings are physics masters when it comes to understanding and predicting how objects in the world will behave. A Johns Hopkins University cognitive scientist has found the source of that intuition, the brain’s “physics engine.”
Recent news from The Johns Hopkins University
This section contains regularly updated highlights of the news from around The Johns Hopkins University. Links to the complete news reports from the nine schools, the Applied Physics Laboratory and other centers and institutes are to the left, as are links to help news media contact the Johns Hopkins communications offices.
Superconductor materials are prized for their ability to carry an electric current without resistance, but this valuable trait can be crippled or lost when electrons swirl into tiny tornado-like formations called vortices. To keep supercurrents flowing at top speed, Johns Hopkins scientists have figured out how to constrain troublesome vortices by trapping them within extremely short, ultra-thin nanowires.
Adam Riess, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University and a Nobel laureate, has been named a recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the discovery of the acceleration of the universe. Riess received the award, the most lucrative academic prize in the world, at a ceremony in California on Sunday.
By focusing on large, star-forming galaxies in the universe, researchers at Johns Hopkins University were able to measure its radiation leaks in an effort to better understand how the universe evolved as the first stars were formed.
The Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy will host its 11th annual Physics Fair from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 to coincide with the yearly Spring Fair celebration on Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
Nadia L. Zakamska of the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University has been awarded the 2014 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize for outstanding achievement in observational astronomical research.
Johns Hopkins University experimental physicist and associate professor Andrei Gritsan is available to comment on the selection of Francois Englert and Peter Higgs as the 2013 Nobel Prize winners in Physics for their work on the Higgs boson.
Johns Hopkins University physicists today are celebrating the important role they played in the discovery of a Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle” whose existence was predicted almost 50 years ago by Université Libre de Bruxelles’ Francois Englert and University of Edinburgh’s Peter Higgs, winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.
The temperature is heating up for Particle Fever, a documentary produced by Johns Hopkins University professor David Kaplan that highlights the construction of one of the most audacious ventures in modern science. The film will be screened on Sept. 29 and Oct. 2 at the New York Film Festival, one of the most prestigious in the country.
It is a mystery that has stymied astrophysicists for decades: how do black holes produce so many high-power X-rays? In a new study, astrophysicists from The Johns Hopkins University, NASA and the Rochester Institute of Technology conducted research that bridges the gap between theory and observation by demonstrating that gas spiraling toward a black hole inevitably results in X-ray emissions.
A public lecture by noted condensed matter physicist and renowned speaker Philip Phillips of the University of Illinois will be the centerpiece of a workshop on “Exotic Insulating States of Matter” to be hosted by The Johns Hopkins University’s Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy Thursday, Jan. 14 through Saturday, Jan. 16 on the Homewood campus. Titled “From the Vulcanization of Rubber, to Quarks and High-Temperature Superconductivity: Physics at Strong Coupling,” the lecture is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 at Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy. It is free and open to the public. Call 410-530-7882 for more information.
Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor of Physics at Stanford University, will give the 2009 Ferdinand G. Brickwedde Lecture in Physics at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Johns Hopkins University. Titled “The World as a Hologram,” Susskind’s lecture will take place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy’s Schafler Auditorium on the university’s Homewood campus. It is free and open to the public.